It does take some extra planning, so why not make up your own Africa dream list and get the planning process started.
The Walled City of Rabat in Morocco called to us as much as a safari in Africa..... OK, many of the old centers of these cities have walls, but when Mark was a boy he saw a TV show about the "Walled City of Rabat".
That was part of the reason we had to go there... He had never heard of a walled city, and wanting to see it sparked his travel imagination.
That spark let us fill in our Africa dream list. What will spark your imagination and set you to dreaming?
We'll try to get you dreaming with some photos.... I know some of these pictures aren't what you would normally look for to illustrate the areas I'm suggesting for your dream trip... I chose them because we haven't had "cookie cutter" experiences on our travels.... we've done custom tours... and that's my point. You can come up with your own Africa dream list and a custom tour of your own.
And if you need information to help you dream...
North Africa Dream List
West Africa Dream List
Though we never really got to Timbuktu, we did discover a great little corner of the world in Mali. What we did see was fantastic culture and historic Mosques in Bamako, Mopti, Djenne, and Dogon Country.
East Africa Dream List
Everyone wants to see the "Big Five" -- lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo, and of course all the wonderful plains animals, but don't over look safaris that can take you to see chimps and gorillas. There are also beach resorts if you are so inclined.
We saw Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and chimps in Tanzania. Uganda offers both in its Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Southern Africa Dream List
Southern Africa has so much to offer that it boggles the mind! Animals, great safari camps, cities, beaches, resorts, and wine tasting!!!!!!
South Africa offers all of these by itself.... from Kruger National Park with its national park lodges and surrounding private game lodges to the scenery and wine tasting around Cape Town.
Head to Zambia for walking safaris.... to Zambia's border with Zimbabwe to experience Victoria Falls. (Our caveat here is that there are serious political problems in Zimbabwe at the moment.)
We stayed with farmers and conservationists Maria and Jorge right next to The Cheetah Conservation Fund property. Something you could do too if it captured your imagination.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have met Chewbaaka, their beloved Cheetah Ambassador for so many years. We put up their banner because the work they do to save wild cheetahs is worth supporting.
The Malagasy people don't necessarily consider themselves part of Africa. Are they part of Africa or an Indian Ocean country? Either and both. When I describe Madagascar's location, I say it's off the south east coast of Africa, so we'll include it on this dream list.
You won't get the big and hairy type animals that you get "over in Africa", but the endemic animals and plants are exotic and cute and amazing.
Madagascar had us dreaming for years, and we were not disappointed once we got there. Definitely worth the effort it took to get there... it deserves to be on your dream list.
Here's to dreaming.
Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
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